PLAYLIST: January 2020

We’re two weeks in to 2020, and whether you’re keeping up with ‘Dry January’, venturing into ‘Veganuary’ or simply demolishing the leftover Christmas snacks; we’ve put together a list of brand new music to help with all of the above. Take some time to scroll through our track choices below, and make sure you hit play on the Spotify playlist at the end of the page.

 

Shopping – ‘Initiative’
Referencing governments who shirk responsibilities whilst placing blame on individuals; international trio Shopping’s new single ‘Initiative’ oozes a racing sense of urgency and gritty energy, whilst funk-fuelled beats and jangly, whirring hooks flow. Taken from the band’s upcoming new album, it’s a vibrant anthem encouraging us to stay motivated and keep going against the grain. All Or Nothing, the new album from Shopping, is out 7th February via FatCat Records. (Mari Lane)

Dream Nails – ‘Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)’
With their distinctive, raucous punk-pop energy; our favourite London Punk Witches Dream Nails address the anxious hell-scape that is 21st century dating on ‘Text Me Back’, and the excruciating pain of being left on “read”. With stomping beats, pounding bass-lines and immense riffs accompanying the fun-filled lyrics, it’s an instant smile-inducing anthem. Of the track, Janey from the band explains: “For those born beyond the M25, “chirpse” is London slang for flirting, and “chirpse degree burns” is our personal slang for the injuries borne from romantic misadventure. The song is a tribute to the gut-wrenching feeling of checking your phone every 5 minutes to see if your crush has replied.” ‘Text Me Back’ is taken from Dream Nails’ eponymous debut album, out 3rd April via Alcopop Records. (ML)

Party Fears – ‘Money’
I’m thrilled to announce I am now a contributor to The Irish Jam for their #NewMusicSunday slot, which airs on Riverside Radio on Sunday evenings 7-9pm. They focus on new music from Irish artists, so I played Party Fears’ latest single ‘Money’, as they’re formed of Northern Irish native Maggie Devlin, and Aussie Eilish Frawley. Their single ‘Money’ is a reflection on power, and how it isn’t always used for the greater good. It’s raw, it’s shouty, and it’s catchy as hell. (Kate Crudgington)

draag – ‘Ghost Leak’
A hazy ode to feeling inconsequential; L.A, shoegaze outfit draag have crafted a strung out, dreamy soundscape on their latest single ‘Ghost Leak’. The track is lifted from their upcoming EP Clara Luz, which is set for release on 21st February. (KC)

Post Louis – ‘Descender’
The new single from London art-rockers Post Louis, ‘Descender’ juxtaposes a dreamy, swirling musicality with soaring impassioned vocals. Oozing a heartfelt raw emotion, it’s a truly captivating slice of stirring alt-folk. Descender, the debut album from Post Louis, is out 28th February. (ML)

Xylo Aria – ‘Ignorance’
‘Ignorance’ is the eponymous track from London-based producer Xylo Aria’s latest EP; a collection of songs informed by the current environmental crisis, mental health issues, and the societal pressure she feels to conform. Aria also runs Music Production For Women, which is a fantastic initiative encouraging women to get involved in the production of their own music. Listen to the Ignorance EP in full here. (KC)

Madeleine Smyth – ‘Palmers Green’
Released by independent record label Scratched, London-based artist Madeleine Smyth’s recent EP Covert is a beguiling blend of soft vocals, ambient sounds, orchestral elements, and trip-hop inspired beats. ‘Palmers Green’ is one of four tracks showcasing Smyth’s ability to blend all of these influences seamlessly. (KC)

Aisha Badru – ‘Soil’s Daughter’
The new single from New York artist Aisha Badru, ‘Soil’s Daughter’ reflects on the need to protect our environment. Radiating a sparkling majesty and subtle, soulful power, it’s a truly beautiful ballad; a moving and sincere offering at a time when our world is literally burning, and things feel like they’re falling apart. Of the track, Badru expands: “This is me reflecting on the world, and this huge disconnect between us as a people, and us with the planet.” Transcendence, the upcoming EP from Aisha Badru, is out 7th February via Nettwerk. (ML)

Drea & The Marilyns – ‘Everything to Me’ (Lips Cover)
Loving this cover of Lips’ ‘Everything to Me’ by Drea & The Marilyns! I mean, I loved the original but I’m really enjoying this remake from the Seattle-based artist. Mix anything up with some electro-synths, and I’m yours. (Tash Walker)

Captain Handsome – ‘Halloween’
The second single taken from Lily from Fightmilk’s solo project Captain Handsome, the rather unseasonably entitled ‘Halloween’ flows with silky-smooth vocals and a twinkling, stripped-back musicality. With its delicate lo-fi scuzz and tongue-in-cheek relatable lyricism – “It was Halloween, I was 24, I had a bad time on the bathroom floor” – it’s a sensitive, yet not sentimental effervescent slice of indie-pop. I Am Not An Animal, the debut EP from Captain Handsome, is out 31st January via Reckless Yes. You can catch them live for us at The Finsbury on 14th February, along with Piney Gir, Grawl!x and I Am Her. (ML)

Fenne Lily – ‘On Hold’ 
I’ve been following Bristol-based songwriter Fenne Lily for a while now, and was lucky enough to have a chat with her for a recent feature on The Line Of Best Fit. This is the title track from her 2018 debut album, and I melt a little bit each time I hear it. She’s playing a (sold out) show at The Lexington on 16th Jan, and I’m looking forward to hearing some of the new material that will make up her second album, which is set for release later this year. (KC)

Ethereal UK – ‘Strange World Normal Girl’
This track literally landed in my inbox just before the winter break and I immediately added it to the playlist for the radio show. Just beautiful. (TW)

Asha Gold – ‘Too Good’
Asha Gold who champions self-confidence in R&B influenced electro-pop. Released at the end of last year, ‘Too Good’ is the West London artist’s current single, and it flows with catchy melodies, beats and an infectious chorus. Keep it up Asha. (TW)

Mavi Phoenix – ‘Boys Toys’
I’ve always been a fan of Mavi Phoenix, and had the opportunity to interview them a couple of years back now. I remember how they spoke so eloquently about equality and the importance of queer music in the world. Phoenix has found a home in their new sound and also in the pronoun “he”. This is all about Phoenix being reborn, which is what happens in the accompanying music video to this track ‘Boys Toys’, directed by Elizaveta Porodina, ‘Boys Toys’ is as important as an exploration for Mavi Phoenix’s gender identity, as it is for his artistic work. And on top of all that, it’s an absolute tune. Enjoy. Watch the video for ‘Boys Toys’ here. (TW)

tAngerinecAt – ‘I don’t want to be a white master’
tAngerinecAt are a non-binary duo originally from Ukraine, and now based in London. What an amazing track – the vocals, the heavy electronic based instrumentation, pedals, their self-defined “hurdy-gurdy” loops and those beats! I am so happy I know about this band, and I cannot wait to indoctrinate myself further into their sound. (TW)

Last Eden – ‘Fallen’
If you’re into 8 minute long pieces of obscure electronic drone music (why wouldn’t you be?), then multidisciplinary Irish artist Aileen Wallace – aka Last Eden – is worth a listen. She experiments and improvises with elements of industrial and ambient music to create unusual, captivating soundscapes. Working as both a producer and a sound artist, Wallace uses bespoke DIY microphones, cassette recorders, synthesizers, and an array of equipment from both the analog and digital worlds. Her recent EP Elysian Plain explores the mythology and the journey surrounding death. It’s intense, but definitely intriguing. Listen to the record here. (KC)

Get In Her Ears w/ Girls Rock London 28.11.19

Kate & guest co-host Beth were back in the studio this week, playing loads of new tunes from the likes of ESYA, Peach Club, Hinako Omori, Lazybones, God Colony, MeMe Detroit & Sink Ya Teeth.

Alex & Jodi from Girls Rock London joined them in the studio to talk about all the amazing work they do with the organisation which you can find out more about at www.girlsrocklondon.com

Listen back:

Tracklist
Bjork – Human Behaviour
ESYA – Blue Orchid
TELGATE – Cherry Tight
Peach Club – Not Ur Girl
SASSY 009 – Are You Still A Lover
Imogen Heap – Headlock
Hinako Omori – Bank Of Inner Criticisms
Freya Beer – Dear Sweet Rosie
MeMe Detroit – Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind
The Menstrual Cramps – Neo Nazi
I SEE RIVERS – We Don’t Get More Time
Neev – Across The Glass
Ghum – 1000 Men
Nova Twins – Vortex
Tiberius B. – No Smoke
Personal Best – Baby
God Colony feat. Samirah Raheem – Girls
ARXX – Iron Lung
Sink Ya Teeth – The Hot House
Suggested Friends – The Apocalypse (Is Just A Day Away)
Glacier Veins – Grows Back Slow
Lazybones – Crazy
Jelly Cleaver ft. Isatta Sheriff – They Don’t Know
Mari Dangerfield – Enough
Ziemba – Ugly Ambitious Women
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl

Get In Her Ears w/ Piney Gir 21.11.19

Kate was back in the studio this week with guest co-host Beth White. They played a plethora of new music; featuring highlights from ARXX, Bitch Falcon, PONY, Polly Money, The Menstrual Cramps, The Baby Seals, Nomke & Fightmilk.

Piney Gir joined them in the studio to perform acoustic versions of her tracks ‘Dream Catcher’ & ‘Great Pretend’ and for a chat about her recent album, You Are Here. We can’t wait to have her headline our FREE GIHE gig at The Finsbury Pub on Fri 14th Feb 2020 (event details here).

Listen back:

Tracklist
TLC – No Scrubs
Grimes – So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth
Bitch Falcon – Damp Breath
ARXX – You Got What You Want
REWS – Birdsong
Jemma Freeman – Hard Times
PONY – Limerence
Honeymoan – Still Here
Fightmilk – Four Star Hotel
Glacier Veins – Not Gonna Stay
Eilis Frawley – Illusions
Phlake – Baby Steps
Dutch Mustard – Get What You Want
Scrounge – Purpose
Pongo – Quem manda No Mic
Ren Harvieu – Teenage Mascara
Polly Money – Twntys
The Menstrual Cramps – Idols
Deux Furieuses – Let Them Burn
Nomke – Ended (by the morning)
Claire Foxx & The Antisocial Justice Warriors – Problem Child
Breakup Haircut – I Don’t Wanna Do Things
The Baby Seals – My Labia’s Lop-sided But I Don’t Mind
Berries – Written In Paint
Nao – In The Morning
Amy Fitz Doyley – Ears
Avril Lavigne – I’m With You

Get In Her Ears talks #TransAwarenessWeek 14.11.19

Kate was back in the studio this week playing loads of new music from the likes of PINS, The Dolly Shakes, Chartreuse, Despicable Zee, Big Joanie, Alessi’s Ark & HAVVK.

To highlight #TransAwarenessWeek, Kate & the GIHE grrrls also chose tracks from some of their fave trans artists, including Planningtorock, Queen Zee, Shea Diamond, ANOHNI & Jackie Shane.

If you identify as trans and are seeking advice or support, you can contact the UK-based charity Switchboard LGBT+ on their helpline: 0300 330 0630

Listen back:

Tracklist
Queen Zee – Boy
Le Butcherettes – Tunisia
Noga Erez – Off The Radar
The Dolly Shakes – Deep Fat Fryer
Planningtorock – Transome
The Mysterines – Who’s Ur Girl?
Lucia And The Best Boys – Good Girls Do Bad Things
Big Joanie – Fall Asleep
Alessi’s Ark – Born Free
Shea Diamond – I Am Her
Chromatics – Move A Mountain
PINS – Ponytail (Orielles remix)
HAVVK – Operate
Gazelle Twin – Glory
CN Lester – Heroes (David Bowie cover)
Chartreuse – Woman, I’m Crazy
Siv Disa – Moths
Anohni – 4 Degrees
Argonaut – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Piss Kitti – Girls In i-D
Captain Handsome – I Wish I Had A Dog
Despicable Zee – Counting Cars
Lucy Barton – Roadrunner
Salsola – Cass
JAAYNS – Natural Born Enemies
Mariuk – The Sword
CRISP&CLASSY – Suffocate
Weekend Recovery – Going Nowhere
LibraLibra – Tongues
ILL – Kick Him Out The Disco
The Joy Formidable – Austere
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way

Get In Her Ears w/ DIY Thursdays 24.10.19

Tash & Kate played more of their fave new music tracks this week, featuring highlights from RUMIA, Catbear, Jeana, JFDR, Sassy 009 and Peggy Sue.

They were joined by the legend that lives Dell – aka MUTHA from DIY Thursdays – who spoke about her motivations for starting her knockout gig nights with a community vibe. See for yourself this Saturday 26th October at DIY Thursdays “Halloween Haunted Hole of Noise” (event info here)

Listen back:

@getinherears
@KCBobcut
@maudeandtrevor

Tracklist
Enya – Orinoco Flow
Catbear – Unrequited Love
Gold Baby – Philadelphia
Keltoum – Stop To Play
Fig By Four – Plunge
Bugeye – Electric
Kim Gordon – Air B&B
Calva Louise – Sleeper
Pallas Athene – Through Hell
Leisure Tank – Moema
Cherry Glazer – Call Me
Bang Bang Romeo – Love Yourself
FKA TWIGS – Home With You
JFDR – Taking A Part of Me
SASSY 009 – Maybe In The Summer
Peggy Sue – Motorcade
Me Not You – America
Lucie Hill – Precious Time
Lexytron – Couples
JEANA – Nameless
RUMIA – No One Is Going Out
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ ĠENN, 11.10.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including Chorusgirl, Witching Waves, CLT DRP, Crumbs and Mammoth Penguins, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off to a joyous start are Breakup Haircut. Treating us to songs about everything from wanting to be a “greaser”, to not feeling cool enough to move to Berlin, their set’s filled with an uplifting buoyant energy and infectious punk fuzz.

Next up, Bitch Hunt deliver their poignant offerings with stirring emotion. Covering themes of being non-binary, experiencing domestic abuse and general feelings of grief and being an outsider, they bring an impassioned energy and gritty power to an immense set.

Penultimate band of the night, The Weird Things, bring their racing energy propelled by the soaring vocals of front woman Leila, creating a set filled with rough ‘n’ ready rock ‘n’ roll anthems.

Having played for us twice before (under their former moniker Cryptic Street), it’s an honour to now have ĠENN headline for us. With their wonderfully eccentric charisma and immense, empowering spirit, they deliver impressive riffs and racing beats, enrapturing the crowd with their buoyant spirit, as vocalist Leona bounds across the stage in a whirlwind of joyous energy. Once again proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with, ĠENN deliver a memorable set that does not disappoint.

Massive thanks to all four bands who played for us on Friday! We’ll be back at The Finsbury on 8th November with a super exciting Secret Headliner, plus Cozy Slippers (all the way from Seattle!), Gold Baby and Macadamia Sluts. Not to be missed!

 

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

EP: Breakup Haircut – ‘What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet!’

You know when you fall for a band without even hearing a bit of music? Breakup Haircut had me at the press release. Formed just three months ago for First Timers fest – a festival where every band plays their debut show, they’re now releasing their first EP.

What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet! is joyously lo-fi pop punk with, in the band’s words, “boppin’ bass” and witty lyrics that’ll put a big smile on your face. With songs like ‘I Wish I Was Cool Enough To Move To Berlin’ and ‘I (Don’t) Wanna Do Things’, it’s funny, relatable and, refreshingly, shows that the band don’t take themselves too seriously.

With this EP, Breakup Haircut sound like they are having the best time making music together, and their enthusiasm and sense of fun is infectious. You won’t be able to resist it.

What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet! is out via Hell Hath No Fury Records on 27th September. Catch them live for yours truly at The Finsbury on 11th October – we can’t wait!

Vic Conway

Photo Credit: @thsheridans